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No. 1-vs.-2 matchup in state football championship for Caledonia



It won’t be a 1-vs.-2 matchup for a Minnesota Class 2A high school football state championship.

While top-ranked Caledonia (12-0) took care of business Thursday with a 40-6 win over Paynesville Area in the semifinals, second-ranked Minneapolis North did not.

Unranked Barnesville rushed 59 times for 382 yards — and didn’t throw a pass — in handing North its first loss of the season, 34-21 Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

That means at 1 p.m. on Black Friday at the Minnesota Vikings stadium, the Warriors will play Barnesville (11-2) for the championship.

If Caledonia wins, it will be its fourth consecutive state title and 54th win in a row. The last time Caledonia lost a game came in 2014 in the state semifinals, 21-0 to BOLD.

Since 2007, Caledonia has been in the state championship eight times and has won every time.

The last time the Warriors lost a state championship was 2005, a 21-7 defeat to Eden Valley-Watkins in the Metrodome.

That was former Iowa Hawkeye and Tennessee Titan defensive tackle Karl Klug’s senior season. 

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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